Top Ranked

Best Banking Firms to Work For

Prestige isn't everything. These are the firms that bankers find the most amenable to a satisfying work experience.

  • Survey Methodology

    In addition to ranking other firms in terms of prestige, survey respondents were asked to rate their own firms in a variety of categories. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, respondents evaluated their firms in various "quality of life" areas. A firm's score in each category is simply the average of those rankings.

    Firms with fewer than 10 responses for any given question were excluded from that ranking category.

  • Ranking History

2013 Best Banking Firms for Satisfaction

1
SCORE
9.647

Houlihan Lokey

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide. Although it's best known as a middle-market...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.900

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan provides asset management, investment banking, treasury and securities services, private banking, and commercial banking services to some of...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.886

Centerview Partners

In 2006, UBS Vice Chairman Blair Effron had dinner with his friend Robert Pruzan, a veteran investment banker and former CEO of Wasserstein...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
3
4
SCORE
8.833

Blackstone

Blackstone was founded as an M&A boutique in 1985 by Stephen A. Schwarzman and Peter G. Peterson, two former Lehman Brothers bankers. At Lehman,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
5
SCORE
8.667

Gleacher & Company, Inc.

New York boutique Gleacher & Company is a New York-based boutique investment bank whose most recent incarnation was formed in June 2009...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
19
6
SCORE
8.432

Greenhill & Co., Inc.

Greenhill calls itself "a unique investment banking firm," and to be sure, it follows a model quite unlike the structure of its behemoth...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
4
7
SCORE
8.342

Perella Weinberg Partners

Founded in June 2006 by Joseph Perella, Peter Weinberg and Terry Meguid, Perella Weinberg Partners has two businesses: advisory and asset...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
5
8
SCORE
8.138

Cowen Group, Inc.

Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services company focused on active management and alpha generation. It has two main business units: Cowen...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
8.000

Evercore

Founded in 1995 by Blackstone and U.S. Treasury veteran Roger Altman, independent investment banking advisory firm Evercore went public in August 2006...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
17
10
SCORE
7.985

William Blair

William Blair is an employee-owned investment banking and asset management firm founded in 1935 and headquartered in Chicago. In total, it has 13 offices...

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2012 Rank
NR
11
SCORE
7.895

Moelis & Company

Moelis & Company provides financial advisory services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. In addition to New York, Moelis has...

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2012 Rank
16
12
SCORE
7.728

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
9
13
SCORE
7.727

Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird)

Robert W. Baird & Co. (better known as Baird) offers wealth management, capital markets, asset management, and private equity capital to clients...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
13
14
SCORE
7.607

RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets provides investment banking products and services to institutions, corporations, governments, and high-net-worth clients around the...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
13
15
SCORE
7.544

Morgan Stanley

New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses: institutional securities, asset management, and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
14
16
SCORE
7.464

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, operating in more than 50 countries and employing more than 46,000...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
7
17
SCORE
7.424

Jefferies & Company, Inc.

New York-based Jefferies Group, Inc. (widely known as Jefferies) is an independent securities and investment banking firm that was founded more than 50...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
12
18
SCORE
7.333

Citi Institutional Clients Group

Citi's Institutional Clients Group, the investment banking arm of global financial services company Citigroup Inc., offers a full range of strategic...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
15
19
SCORE
7.259

Piper Jaffray Companies

Beyond Minneapolis Piper Jaffray focuses on investment banking, asset management, institutional brokerage, and equity research. Headquartered...

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2012 Rank
10
20
SCORE
7.179

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Deep in the heart of Georgia SunTrust Robinson Humphrey is the full-service corporate and investment banking arm of SunTrust Banks, Inc. It offers debt...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
18